Smiling Immortal

(1977)

by Jonathan Harvey

Description
chamber ensemble of 11 players and CD
Duration
17
Genres
Electronics with Live Performers, Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrumentation
fl(=picc).ob.cl(=Ebcl) - hn.tpt - perc(1): 2(3)tam-t/2 susp.cym/bongos/3 tom-t/SD/timp/vib - pno - string quartet
Commission
Commissioned by the London Celebration Committee for the Queen's Silver Jubilee
First Performance
11.7.77, Round House, London: Ballet Rambert - choreography Norman Morrice
Availability

Score, parts and CD for hire

Programme Notes
Smiling Immortal is the poetess Sappho’s description of the goddess Aphrodite. The work is in three parts. The first, the longest, describes the emergence of the new gods and the castration of Cronos by his wife Rhea. The second part describes the birth of Aphrodite following the washing ashore of the genitals on Cyprus. The final section describes Aphrodite’s love for the god of war, Ares. The work is scored for ensemble amplification and tape. The score for this work was commissioned by The London Celebrations Committee for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. It was first performed by Ballet Rambert in July 1977 with choreography by Norman Morrice and designs by John Macfarlane.

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